The Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network (SPAWN) is an organization for writers and publishers. Recommended by Writer’s Digest in their list of 101 best sites for writers, SPAWN’s website is an invaluable resource. SPAWN provides opportunities for everyone involved in publishing, including information resources, research sources, directories of publishers and printers, and links to the media. SPAWN is a nonprofit organization whose members include: publishers, authors, illustrators, photographers, editors, book manufacturers, printers, booksellers, artists, and publicists.
Membership in SPAWN offers many great benefits. Members gain access to an E-mail discussion group, which creates opportunities to question and discuss publishing with experienced writers and publishers. The market update tool informs members what’s happening with magazine and book publishers, while also listing opportunities for freelance writers and artists. SPAWN members get their own webpage and profile, which are viewable by anyone online. Additionally members have their names listed in the SPAWN catalog advertising their works and services, and gain eligibility to attend SPAWN book festivals.
On top of publishing and writing related benefits, SPAWN members have the opportunity to participate in the organization’s member health plan. While not insurance, the health program provides discounts of 20-60% on health, dental, vision, and chiropractic services.
SPAWN’s collection of writing resources is an invaluable tool for any writer and anyone who is doing their own book printing. In addition to the member benefits, SPAWN features books and articles on writing, publishing, book marketing, copy rights, legal issues, and illustrating. There are further resources for writers interested in editing and self publishing their work. The site maintains a list of book printing companies, book services, legal services, and links to other organizations that might be helpful to writers.
If you are a writer or are printing your own book, consider becoming a part of SPAWN and participating in their mission to promote art and literature, encourage creative expression, and connect with those interested in the arts.